Old Wills

Will of Edward Barton

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Edward Barton was my seventh great-grandfather, the great-grandfather of Captain John Linton. 

In the name of God, amen.  I, Edward Barton, of the County of Stafford, being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect memory, blessed be God for it, do declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following.

Item.  I give and bequeath my soul to God Almighty which gave it, in certain hopes of a blessed salvation, and my body to the earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor, hereafter named, and as for my worldly estate which it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me withal, I give and bequeath as followeth.

Item.  I give to my two grandchildren, Ann Linton and Moses Linton, all my land in Virginia, to be equally divided between them when they shall come of age, only my daughter Ann Linton is to have her thirds in it during her life.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Linton, one feather bed and furniture.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my grandson William Linton one feather bed and furniture.

Item.  I give and bequeath to Sarah Barber one cow and calf, being the young red pied cow.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my grandson William Linton one black horse.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son-in-law John Linton all my temporal estate, after my just debts and legacies are paid.

Item.  I appoint my son-in-law John Linton to be my whole and sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of January 1712.

Edward Barton

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Owen O’Dayall, Thomas Pimb and Dorcas Venables

This will was presented in court the 14th day of January 1712 by John Linton, Esquire, therein named who made to the same and proved to be the last will and testament of Edward Barton by the oaths of Owen Dyall and Dorcas  Venables, witnesses, thereto is admitted to record.  And on motion of the said John Linton and his performing what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due time and is recorded.

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  1. Hello Phyllis,
    I am researching the George Calvert family. The info I have is that :
    George Calvert (b. 1694 Stafford Co, Virginia; d. 1772 Prince William Co, Virginia), mar. c. 1718 Prince William co, Virginia, Constance Barton (b. bef. 1690 Prince William Co, Virginia; d. bef. 1741 Prince William Co, Virginia. Do you know if the Constant Barton in Ann Green Scarlett’s will is the same Constant Barton Calvert? If so, I’m wondering why her father, Edward, only named is daughter Ann in his Will. According to the above, Constance was alive at the time of Edward’s Will. Any thoughts? or possibly they are not the same person?
    Thank you! Great site!
    Ann Mitchell

    • Ann, I have Constant listed as the wife of George Calvert in my Family Tree Maker, but I do not have dates or other information. I’m sure I have something in my files – but putting it at my fingertips when I want it is sometimes not the case. I will check on this and get back with you. So glad you liked the site! Phyllis

  2. Hi Phyllis, I am a member of the Calvert Genealogy Group, and we are revisiting this issue of George Calvert and Constant Barton again. I wonder if you were ever able to locate anything in your files? I know how these things “grow.” We had an article published this last December in the Prince William Reliquary on George Calvert of Stafford, VA. You may find it of interest and possibly have info that could help us out in our search:
    (scroll to pg. 12, it’s the second article in the publication. Thanks!
    Ann Mitchell

    • Ann, thank you for the publication! Quite an interesting article on the Calvert family. I will search through my files – yes, they have grown to serious proportions! With just a quick search I have found nothing listing Constance (Constant) Barton as the wife of George Calvert – but there had to be a reason I put them together! My husband and I are planning a trip to Northern Virginia next month for a little research – am very excited to return to Virginia – the land of my Lintons, Hancocks, Edwards and so many others! Thank you for visiting my website! Phyllis

    • Am new to today’s jargon, just resuming my research from years ago. Please tell me what your use of the word “grow” means in this context. (I know how these things “grow.”) Sorry for such a simple question.

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